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As a student who is preparing for a first meeting with a new tutor, it is crucial that you have any relevant school work from the previous and current years on hand to discuss with the tutor.  If you are preparing to meet a standardized prep test tutor, you will want to have some writing samples, and all practice tests and scores available for the tutor to study.  The tutor will want to analyze your results in order to pinpoint the kinds of questions missed.  This has nothing to do with your intelligence - but it has everything to do with how well you understand and can deal with  these types of questions on a standardized exam that is meant to test the grammar, vocabulary, writing,  reading comprehension and quantitative skills of hundreds of thousands of students in the United States.  Be ready to talk about any prior practice or real tests you have taken.  Jot down notes the night before so that you can think back to the difficult... read more

Reading Aloud: Moms and Dads! Reading aloud is one of the best things you can do with your elementary school child or middle school student. Through practice aloud, a child learns to dramatize his/her reading, giving the words and paragraphs life. As his/her fluency and expressiveness grow, and he/she is no longer just "decoding" (figuring out) words, comprehension grows by leaps and bounds. The goal is fluency, expression and intonation (voice modulation - soft and louder where appropriate). A tutor can develop this skill and optimize the comprehension that comes with the fluent, fully engaged reading. It is impossible to overestimate all the imaginative, thinking and questioning power this one simple technique gives a child. I am available to teach and develop your child in his/her reading skill - and to help you continue to do what I do when I'm not there.

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